My name is Anthony Marshall and I am the owner/operator of the Kincrawler.com search engine. My main hobbies are genealogy and web programming so I decided to combine the two in an attempt to make the largest “free form” genealogy specific search engine on the internet. My main goal is to help others find their family history by creating a genealogy search that is completely free and linked to pages that are also completely free.
Much like a family tree - this site is a work in progress. It is not perfect by any means. There are some kinks to be worked out. Please bear with me as I continue to try and improve the search results algorithm. If you have any problems, questions or suggestions please let me know!
Kin Crawler is a web crawler/search engine that works similar to Google. My software program is constantly crawling the web looking for any pages that pertain solely to genealogy. Once it finds them it indexes each page and put the words or cache into a database on my server. The search engine then takes what you type in and searches the database for matching words. It then tries to return a list of pages that best match your query.
Kin Crawler is meant to be a tool used to help you with your research. It will return the best matches based upon your query however it does require you to to follow up by visiting the pages, do some reading and use the highlighter function of your browser to find what you are looking for.
Kincrawler.com has over 9 million pages in the index so far. These are transcribed census records, obituaries, cemetery transcriptions, marriage records, military information, bible records, family trees, blogs and more.
If you are looking for a specific surname you might want to start with a broad search and simply try entering the last name such as Smith. You can then go through the results and click on the links. You might have to do some reading or use your "find" function in your browser to help you look through each of these transcribed documents or web pages.
By default if you type in two or more words it will return only pages that contain all of those words.
So if you want to try narrowing your search you can type in a first and last name such as John Smith. If you type in a phrase in quotations such as "John Smith" it will try to find pages that have that exact phrase. This is very useful but can also sometimes miss pages that have both names listed. To be safe try your search with and without quotations.
Now if you are looking for a surname in a certain location you can try entering the surname and that location. An example would be Smith Kentucky or Smith Ky. Many of these pages have state names abbreviated. So you might want to try a seperate search for both.
You can also try searching for first name, last name, and location by simply entering something like John Smith Kentucky. A more advanced way would be to use quotations on the first and last name such a "John Smith" Kentucky. As previous mentioned you might try both ways and the abbreviated KY as well.
Another operator that may be useful is the minus sign before a word. For example if you want to find John Smith but not in the state of Kentucky then you would type in John Smith -Kentucky.
Below are several different ways to search and to use search operators. Each of these may return an entirely different set of results. I encourage you to try different methods and find what gives the best results for what you are looking for.
Searching is basically all about the words on these web pages. The Kincrawler software does try to return the most relevant pages based on what what you enter into the search box. By entering different types of queries you can help the software find what you are looking for.
Another approach would be to look for certain records in a particular location and then look through those pages for the person you are looking for. An example would be to simply type in "Ohio" and that should return many pages of various records from Ohio.
There are also many other pages in the index besides just lists of names. You can try searching for almost anything. A search for "History of Missouri" will turn up several pages with very interesting reading that might give you an idea of the way your ancestors lived many years ago.
Because I'm on the other side of the screen I get the opportunity to see what people are searching for. Many times people will type in several words such as "Alabama Obituary Records". When the search engine sees this it will look for any pages that contain ALL of those words.
Well, the problem with that is there could be thousands of pages that might only contain just two of those words and the searcher may miss quite a bit of information, It is certainly not easy to guess what words these pages may have so a good approach would be to start with a simpler query. In this example a search for "Alabama Obit" will return many more pages than the longer search term.
Also, when a name search is being performed people will often include a middle name or initial. Again, the search engine will try to find all three of these terms and many times there may be dozens of pages that only contain a first and last name. So the researcher comes up with fewer or even no "hits".
I would recommend starting your search using fewer words and then get an idea of what words are on these pages - then try to focus in on those. If you don't get the results you are looking for please email me or message me on FB. I will try to see if I can help you out with the best way to use the search engine.
One common mistake that some people make is assuming that if it's not on the first couple of results pages then it is not relevant. The software does try to return the most relevant pages first however there are so many genealogy related pages that the 10th results page might be just as worthy of looking at as the first. The serious researcher should look through everything and leave no stone unturned.
If you are trying a very specific search like "John W Smith Boone Kentucky 1890" you may want to try broaden your search with a simpler query. On a name search it might be best to leave out the middle name or initial. You might also try various different spellings of the name. On a place search you may want to leave out any specific county and just include the state. Many times a very simple query like "Smith Kentucky" (minus quotations) will at least give you something to investigate.
Also please remember that although we have over 9 million pages indexed that truly is only just a small portion of the internet. If the name is uncommon it might simply not be in the database. We are crawling the web everyday for new pages so please come back and try your search again.
Quite frankly I am just one guy paying for the web server costs - and to have a server that can handle crawling the web like this does cost quite a bit. These banner advertisements help me pay for all these costs and keep Kin Crawler free.
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